January 19, 2019

First day of winter is upon us

23 December 2018, 07:24 | Ross Houston

Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day.

Is this the shortest day of the year?

At the moment of the solstice, the sun will also reach its southernmost point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Astronomically and metaphorically, the Winter Solstice serves as a representation of both the end of the year and the beginning of a new one.

However, most people concentrate on the whole solstice day, which has been recognised by holidays and festivals in many cultures all over the world.

The winter solstice occurred at 5:23 the Northern Hemisphere as the sun moved directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5 degrees south latitude.

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Our last full moon of the year will come less than a day after the solstice. Eastern, while the full moon will appear the following day at 12:48 p.m. Rather, northern midlatitudes will experience the winter chill partly, because they'll get about 9 hours of daylight in the weeks following the solstice, compared with the roughly 15 hours of daily sunlight they get around the summer solstice, Live Science reported in 2012.

Around the full moon phase, the moon is visible in the sky generally from sunset to sunrise.

Although the Northern Hemisphere's names for December's full moon sound chilly and awful, the Southern Hemisphere, which is about to enter the summer season, has much warmer names for it.

The Ursid meteor shower is expected to take place on Friday and Saturday nights.

We will also see our final meteor shower of the year. The annual Ursids meteor shower should hit its peak a day or two after the solstice event. Illumination of 98 percent or more appears as a full moon.

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